PLEASE NOTE: This page is for start-up organizations that seek to incorporate and/or obtain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

If the Partnership determines that we can help your group with incorporation and/or applying for tax exemption, there will be a non-refundable $595 internal processing fee for that service, in addition to all required state and federal filing fees.

If you are a new nonprofit or a group seeking to incorporate, please review our Resources for Starting a New Nonprofit.


Step 1

Prior to applying for legal assistance, please make sure you have gathered and completed all of the Required Documents for groups seeking to incorporate:

  1. A Business Plan or similar document. At a minimum, this should address the following:
    • The mission of the organization
    • A detailed description of proposed activities to further the mission
    • The target beneficiaries of the organization
    • The communities where the activities will be conducted
    • Identification of other groups that are addressing the same issues in these communities, and a description of how your organization differs
    • Expected sources of financial support
    • Specific fundraising plans
    • Proposed three-year budget (see sample budget template in Excel or PDF)
    • Proposed staffing of the organization (employees and/or volunteers)
    • List of prospective board members
    • A description of your experience, if any, working with a charitable organization
    • A summary of steps taken, if any, to partner with another organization to carry out your activities
  2. Sample grant proposals (if any)
  3. If the nonprofit is already incorporated, a copy of the Certificate or Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, if adopted
  4. Brochures, fliers or similar materials (if any) that describe your organization

Step 2

Please complete the form below and submit. Then please email all required documents to or fax or mail all required documents to your local Pro Bono Partnership office. Your request WILL NOT be processed until we have received them.

IMPORTANT: Any information that you submit via this form is not protected by the attorney-client privilege. Submitting this form to Pro Bono Partnership is not intended to create, and does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.